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Saturday 9 December 2023 Dublin: 9°C
Murder Trial

'She kept tugging at her neck, I asked her to stop' - Trial hears Molly Corbett showed no signs of injury

Several witnesses have testified that they saw no injuries on Molly Martens Corbett the night her husband Jason was killed in 2015.

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SEVERAL WITNESSES, INCLUDING law enforcement officials and a neighbour, have testified that they saw no injuries on Molly Martens Corbett the night her husband Jason was killed in 2015.

Molly Corbett (33) and her father, Thomas Michael Martens (67) are each charged with second-degree murder in the 2015 death of Corbett’s husband, who was originally from Co Limerick.

They have entered pleas of not guilty, claiming self-defence and defence of another.

Frank Young, a Davidson County Sheriff’s deputy, yesterday testified that he took photos of Molly Corbett at the scene and noticed she kept rubbing her neck. The photos were then shown to the jury.

“There was initial consent to take the photograph, and (Molly) Corbett continually tugged on her neck, and I asked her to please stop,” Young said.

In the photos, Young didn’t note any injuries, but said Molly Corbett had blood on her forehead and facial area.

Young took several photos of the bedroom and bathroom. He testified there was blood on the walls and hair on the floor of the master bedroom and bathroom. Blood splatter reached as high as five feet, according to Young.

The officer explained in one photo how a paving stone (one of two weapons, along with an aluminium baseball bat, used to kill Corbett per his autopsy report) left a visible blood stain in the carpet. Scattered hairs appeared to be on the stone, according to Young. Blood also appeared on a vacuum cleaner.

Young noted three dents on different walls. One dent was approximately five feet high behind the door of the master bedroom and another was near an electrical outlet.

The other dent appeared in the bathroom. Below this dent there was a cracked light switch, according to the officer.

At the Davidson County Sheriff’s Office, Young took photos of Molly Corbett and Martens, which were shown to the jury. Young said none of the photos indicated injuries. The officer said Martens had blood drops on his shirt, watch, fingers and feet.

Earlier, a paramedic said Jason Corbett had no detectable heartbeat when he arrived at the home. Another said Jason Corbett’s body “felt cool” when he was taken to an ambulance, leading her to ask how long Molly Corbett and her father Thomas Martens had waited to call 911.

Molly Corbett and Martens are each charged with second-degree murder in Jason Corbett’s death. They claim Jason Corbett was choking Molly Corbett and threatening to kill her, and they acted in self defence.

No court session will be held today. The trial will resume on Monday at 9.30am local time (2.30pm Irish time) at the Davidson County Courthouse.

Comments are closed as the trial continues

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